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I was reading The Lego Ideas Book this morning with my son, who at three isn't that capable of creating the wonders within, but he does seem keen to learn about playing with the small bricks.

The contributors are asked what is their favourite piece of Lego and more than one say it's the headlight brick. My son asked what my favourite brick is and I clearly remembered the time in the late 70's or early 80's when I got some chain links (with two studs on each), four red sprockets, some white axles and red bushes and these funny 4x2x1 brick that had all these holes in.

This small grey brick that looked so familiar yet so different was the piece that brought my old lego into the new age of models that "worked". Planes had propellers driven by pushing the landing wheels along the carpet. If I linked a pair of axles with the chain I could build a tank or 4x4.

Even with much more complex models, this brick was always there as a pivot for trailing arms, a steering box, a supercharger.

I bought a big lot of Lego off eBay to replace my childhood stuff that had been passed on to ill-deserving cousins after I had left home. Why I didn't take it with me I'll never know, maybe I thought it was safe in my parent's loft. Anyway, in amongst the newly aquired Bionicle oddities, the numerous bushes, connector pegs, new studless beams, specially shaped (and rather pointless) parts, fat cogs and stray Mega-Bloks was this single, solitary throwback to simpler times.

I picked it up and held it tightly in my clenched fist such were the memories this brick brought back. Even though it doesn't bring about building with SNOT techniques or usefully integrate into modern studless Technic, it's my most treasured and favorite piece of all.



Comments

 I made it 
  November 22, 2012
Quoting Vinny Turbo Thank you very much for your comment and for letting me discover this brick that could be very handy.
It's an awesome brick. If you find some, you will love them.
 I made it 
  November 22, 2012
Quoting Nils O. Yeah, I still have some of these bricks in the "G1 Technic" drawer of my old LEGO box :-)) There are a lot of memories coming back ... ;-)) I'm not sure if a brick like this would be made today, as for this form you need two parts to be glued or melt together.
It's such a shame cost goes ahead of quality these days. I've become very dismayed at how soft Lego has become and I will post up my two most loathed Lego piece some day because they all break. Even the same colour bricks in a set can vary in shade, this never seemed to happen in the old days.
 I like it 
  October 21, 2012
Thank you very much for your comment and for letting me discover this brick that could be very handy.
 I like it 
  June 25, 2012
Yeah, I still have some of these bricks in the "G1 Technic" drawer of my old LEGO box :-)) There are a lot of memories coming back ... ;-)) I'm not sure if a brick like this would be made today, as for this form you need two parts to be glued or melt together.
  June 9, 2012
Cool! I had a similar experience with a similar brick - My school had a big crate full of lego technic sets upto about 1989 or 90 and it contained 8680 the arctic base. The old grey pneumatic distribution block was a mystery to me (I was 7 at the time, and only just becoming interested in technic) but I liked how it looked! I purchased 8680 a year or so back and when I found that part, it brought back many great memories!
 I like it 
  April 10, 2012
I like these as well - there's several of them hidden in the darker recesses of my more complex models, helping them work.
 
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